Ronald Neame

Tunes of Glory

Tunes of Glory

In Ronald Neame’s Tunes of Glory, the incomparable Alec Guinness inhabits the role of Jock Sinclair—a whiskey-drinking, up-by-the-bootstraps commanding officer of a peacetime Scottish battalion. Sinclair is a lifetime military man, who expects respect and loyalty from his men. But when Basil Barrow (John Mills, winner of the Best Actor award at the 1960 Venice Film Festival)—an educated, by-the-book scion of a traditionally military family—enters the scene as Sinclair’s replacement, the two men become locked in a fierce battle for control of the battalion and the hearts and minds of its men. Based on the novel by James Kennaway and featuring flawless performances by Guinness and Mills, Tunes of Glory uses the rigidly stratified hierarchy of military life as a jumping-off point to examine the institutional contradictions and class divisions of English society, resulting in an unexpectedly moving drama.

Film Info

  • Ronald Neame
  • United Kingdom
  • 1960
  • 106 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  • Spine #225

Special Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound and enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • New video interview with director Ronald Neame
  • Exclusive new audio interview with actor Sir John Mills
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New essay by acclaimed film critic and historian Robert Murphy
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

New cover by Eric Skillman

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Special Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound and enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • New video interview with director Ronald Neame
  • Exclusive new audio interview with actor Sir John Mills
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New essay by acclaimed film critic and historian Robert Murphy
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

New cover by Eric Skillman

Tunes of Glory
Cast
Alec Guinness
Major D.S.O. M.M. Jock Sinclair
John Mills
Lt. Col. Basil Barrow
Dennis Price
Major Charles Scott, M.C.
Kay Walsh
Mary Titterington
John Fraser
Cpl. Piper Ian Fraser
Susannah York
Morag Sinclair
Gordon Jackson
Capt. Jimmy Cairns, M.C.
Duncan Macrae
Pipe Major Duncan MacLean
Percy Herbert
R.S.M. Riddick
Allan Cuthbertson
Capt. Eric Simpson
Paul Whitsun-Jones
Major Dusty Miller
Gerald Harper
Major Hugo MacMillan
Richard Leech
Captain Alec Rattray
Peter McEnery
2nd Lt. David MacKinnon
Credits
Director
Ronald Neame
Producer
Albert Fennell
Executive producer
Colin Lesslie
Music composed and conducted by
Malcolm Arnold
Screenplay
James Kennaway
Based on the novel by
James Kennaway
Director of photography
Arthur Ibbetson
Production design
Wilfred Shingleton
Film editor
Anne V. Coates

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